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Unformatted text preview: ¬° Class objectives ¬° What is developmental psychology? ¬° Questions in developmental psychology ¬° Themes for the course ¬° Learn basic questions, methods, and theories used to study psychological development. ¬° Compare predictions from different developmental theories. ¬° Evaluate experimental results in terms of their implications for various theories of development. Reminder: we are doing science !!!! ¬° A scientific discipline that tries to describe and explain: ¬Ę ‚ÄúThe changes over time in the structure, thought or behavior of a person due to both biological and environmental influences‚ÄĚ ¬° Always in relation to a specific ability ¬Ę Number, social competence, physical coordination (or lack thereof), language, perception, memory, peer relationships, personality etc. 1. Description of change Many basic questions when taking a developmental approach are descriptive : (e.g. does an ability change with increasing age)? ¬Ę What is the nature of the earlier capacity? ¬Ę What is the nature of the later capacity? 2. Explanation of change Once change is established, a harder question is why and how it occurs at the age that it does....
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2009 for the course PSYCH 105 taught by Professor Schwartz during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.
- Fall '08
- Developmental Psychology